CALLS FOR COUNCIL TO URGENTLY INTRODUCE ‘FREE PARKING’ IN NEWPORT’S CITY CENTRE
Calls have been made for Newport Council to introduce ‘free parking’ in all its City Centre’s car parks - to help aid businesses and shops during the COVID19 pandemic.
Earlier in the year, Bridgend Council introduced free parking in both Bridgend and Porthcawl town centres in a bid to boost economic footfall. The free parking promotion was run throughout July, but extended into August and September. Bridgend Cllr Richard Young, Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “Local businesses need all the help they can get to meet the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic, and I am pleased to confirm that the council will provide this free parking concession as part of our overall support.
In July, Monmouthshire Council introduced temporary free parking at Abergavenny, Chepstow and Monmouth Car Parks. At the time Cllr Bob Greenland, deputy leader of Monmouthshire County Council, said: “It is our hope that the one hour free parking scheme will welcome more residents and visitors back into our towns, encouraging everyone to Shop Local, Shop Monmouthshire.
Newport Conservative Deputy Group Leader Cllr William J Routley said “Newport Council Leader Jane Mudd isn’t doing enough. I’m calling on Cllr Mudd to move fast and install free parking in all Council owned Car Parks with immediate effect – including the Kingsway Car Park.”
COUNCIL FAILING TO SUPPORT OUR CITY CENTRE SHOPS
Cllr Routley added “Newport Council appear to have an ‘open cheque book’ in terms of propping up Friars Walk by covering the rent of empty shop units, but they aren’t doing enough to help businesses or shops in the rest of the City Centre. We need urgent action.”
St.Julians Conservative Campaigner Michael Enea said “The operational costs and leased rent of the Kingsway Car Park is £215k per annum. Could the Council seek emergency funding from the Welsh Government and look to cover this cost whereby offering free parking for Newport for one year. Newport needs all the help it can get and this would be a huge boost, especially with Christmas approaching.”
Newport Council own the following car parks:
- Emlyn Street - 30 spaces
- Faulkner Road - 159 spaces
- Hill Street - 62 spaces
- Maindee - 40 spaces
- Riverfront - 35 spaces
- Stow Hill - 45 spaces
- Kingsway – 1050 spaces
Car parking fees are presently set at £2.50 for the first 3 hours. The Council recently took over the lease for the Kingsway Car Park where fees are 50p for the first hour or £2 for 2 to 3 hours.
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Link to Bridgend Council announcement: https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/bridgend-free-parking-porthcawl-shops-18474073
Link to Monmouthshire Council announcement: https://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/18571582.free-parking-abergavenny-chepstow-monmouth/
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